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Prejudice against Australian asylum-seekers and their function: Suggestions for anti-prejudice strategies

Pedersen, A., Watt, S. and Griffiths, B. (2008) Prejudice against Australian asylum-seekers and their function: Suggestions for anti-prejudice strategies. In: Second International Conference on “Racisms in the New World Order”, 6-7 December 2007, University of the Sunshine Coast.

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    Abstract

    Over the last decade or so under the Howard Government, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the unauthorised arrival of asylum seekers. In this study, we analysed data collected from 602 Western Australians. We investigated why people think the way they do about asylum seekers using the function of attitude literature as a base; specifically participants’ values, their experience with asylum seekers, and their reliance on other sources for information. Results indicated that the Perth community overwhelmingly based their attitudes (positive or negative) on their values. Finally, we integrate these findings with other research regarding prejudice against asylum seekers, and give suggestions for attempting to present an alternative – more positive – view of asylum seekers than that often given.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
    Publisher: University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
    Copyright: The Authors
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5548
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